Welcome to the official website of the Johnstown Bicentennial celebration. This website will be used to publicize events related to the bicentennial as well as provide an abbreviated history of the Johnstown area, photographs, and other information. See also on this page the events that have been planned for Johnstown's Bicentennial 2013.
All Johnstown area civic groups, churches, and individual citizens are invited to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Johnstown as a village in central Ohio. The Bicentennial Committee wants the celebration to be as inclusive as possible to promote civic awareness and community cooperation in Johnstown, not only for the bicentennial celebration, but afterwards as well. If you or your organization would like to participate in the planning and execution of celebratory events, please contact a member of the Bicentennial Committee or Terry Priest @ 740-967-8721.
The countdown toward 2013 has begun. Let’s make the Johnstown Bicentennial as memorable as the 1913 and 1963 celebrations.
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The following special events will be held throughout 2013:
October 12 - 13, 2013 - HERITAGE FARM DAYS
October 2013 - TBA VARSITY SHOW of the Big Red Band at Performing Arts Center
October 2013 - TBA HALLOWEEN PARADE and Haunted Sites
November 2013 - TBA “History of Johnstown HS Football” at JHS
December 2013 - TBA “Santa Parade” and “CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING”
Past Bicentennial Events
January 12, 2013 b-ICE-centennial Kick-off in Bigelow Park & Opera House
February 21, 22, 23, 2013 Salute to Johnstown's Youth - "Les MIserables" at the Performing Arts Center (Contact www.jhschoir.org for tickets)
March 2013 - TBA “History of Johnstown HS Basketball” at JHS
April 2013 - "DISCOVER JOHNSTOWN" free tours by auto. Each stop about 20 minutes. Begin at "Town Hall".
Schedules and maps provided. Must book by 5 pm. the day before. Three groups of 20 at 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30.
Bring a watch and umbrellas! Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Same tours repeated the following month as needed.
April 20, 2013 - TOWN tour includes Jail, Cornell School, Mastodon, Academy, Train Depot, Johnstown United Methodist Church and the Opera House.
April 27, 2013 - COUNTRY tour includes Bigelow Cemetery, Eder Dairy, homes of H. B. Rusler and William Ashbrook, Babcock Library and Green Hill Cemetery.
May 2013 - SPRINGFEST on the Square
Join us on the Square from 12pm -5 pm. Some events may go longer. Food and music available. To participate and info, contact Pat Kramer (740-967-8388).
June 8, 2013 - ALUMNI BANQUET This event will be videotaped for the Bicentennial history. Contact Alums to encourage attendance. Doors opens at 5:30pm in the gymnasium; ticket is required.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased after May 1 by contacting:
Charlotte Berkeley (740-967-2401) or Weichert Insurance (740-967-6016).
"DISCOVER JOHNSTOWN" free tours by auto. Each stop about 20 minutes. Begin at "Town Hall". Schedules and maps provided. Must book by 5 pm. the day before. Three groups of 20 at 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30. Bring a watch and umbrellas! Walk-ins welcome if space allows. Same tours repeated the following month as needed.
June 15, 2013 - TOWN tour includes Jail, Cornell School, Mastodon, Academy, Train Depot, Johnstown United Methodist Church and the Opera House.
June 23, 2013 - 2PM to 4PM "CELEBRATING THE ARTISTS" at the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to view student artwork.
June 22, 2013 - BICENTENNIAL PARADE
This will be the highlight of the Fireman’s Festival.
June 29, 2013 - COUNTRY tour includes Bigelow Cemetery, Eder Dairy, homes of H. B. Rusler and William Ashbrook, Babcock Library and Green Hill Cemetery.
June 2013 -TBA Historical Presentation of Johnstown Fires and Fire Fighting
July 3, 2013- PRE-FIREWORKS FAMILY FUN FEST - @ 6:00PM Bounce Houses - Wristbands available to bounce all evening $5 per kid, $15 for a family of 4! Free Face Painting, Bicentennial Mural for the Kids to create, Family Fun Run on the track! Pizza, Snacks, and Shaved Ice available for purchase! Glow sticks and novelties available for purchase! All of the Vendors for the event will be generously donating a portion of their proceeds to the American Legion to help with the cost of the fireworks!
July 11 to July 14, 2013 - THE VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL at the Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club
July 27, 2013 - Porch Pets Contest: Paint/decorate your porch pet and turn it in at the Opera House by noon on Sat., July 27th. All entries will be displayed at the Arts Festival on the Square on Sun., July 28. Entries can be picked up afterwards.
July 28, 2013 ARTS FESTIVAL on the Square
Students and adults can participate through displays and competition. Contact Pat Kramer (740-967-8388). The pre-judged painted Porch Pets will be on exhibition at this event.
August 30 - Sept. 2, 2013 LABOR DAY FLEA MARKET ON THE SQUARE
September 8, 2013 - CUPOLA CLASSIC CRUISE-IN
The show will include a Bicentennial theme.
Behind Closed Door Tour - Sunday, Sept 29 @ 1:45pm. Meet at the Monroe Township Hall. Sites included are the Rusler House, the Blamer House, and the White Cross Lodge of the Pythian Sisters. You must provide your own transportation; stairs are involved. The tour ends at 5pm and the cost is $5 @ person. The American Legion open house is included.
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